I want to learn all I can, live as wisely as I can, and savor every moment on the journey.
Apparently some vegetarians have a snobby attitude about it. On behalf of the rest of us, allow me to apologize for their behavior!
Vegetarianism is the preference I have chosen for myself, but I don’t think other people are wrong for choosing differently.
I do hope to influence people—but not necessarily to become vegetarians. What matters more to me is that people think and talk about the ethics of how humans treat other animals. There’s much to be discussed there, and open dialogue is much better than rigid thinking—which is what the snobby vegetarians demonstrate.
There are other ways to support animal rights than by being a vegetarian, starting with just being aware of the concerns. If you’d like to increase your own awareness, PETA has a lot of reader-/viewer-friendly material about the concerns I’m referring to.
And not everyone can be a vegetarian, I believe. My best friend would like to be one for ethical reasons, but her body gets really weak if she goes for too long without eating meat. For whatever reason, mine doesn’t. Just making sure I get enough protein to balance out my other food groups seems to work just fine for me. (I have an acronym I rely on constantly to remember my main protein sources: L.E.N.D.: legumes, eggs, nuts, dairy.)
My husband is not only a meat-eater, but also a hunter. Early on in our relationship, we agreed to disagree on this issue and to be flexible, accepting, and open-minded with each other about it. It’s just really not a make-or-break type of thing. I would even say that I don’t think it is “right” for him to be a vegetarian, because that’s just not where he is—and he not only has perfectly valid reasons for his choices, but he’s also conscious of and concerned about the bigger issues. So in other words, I don’t think everyone necessarily should be a vegetarian.
So, I am a vegetarian, but if you’re not, that’s okay with me; I hope my choice is similarly okay with you. If it is, good for us: we are being respectably rational in our attitudes about our differences!